Congratulations to Pramodh Senarath Yapa, the winner of the 2018 “Dance Your PhD” competition, sponsored by Science magazine. Pramodh is a PhD student at the University of Alberta studying the superconducting properties of electrons in very cold states. His thesis is called "Non-Local Electrodynamics of Superconducting Wires: Implications for Flux Noise and Inductance." [UPDATE: Check out our interview with Pradmodh here.]
Dance Your PhD is an annual contest which challenges scientists around the world to explain their research through a jargon-free medium: dance. The winner of the Dance Your PhD gets $1,000 and lots and lots of geek cred. (Check out a 2017 entrant on sea stars by UC Santa Cruz student Monica Moritsch.)
A dedicated swing dancer, Pramodh decided to combine his research with his love of dance, enlisting a a bunch of his fellow physics students to help him produce an epic 3 act production on his research. The result is: Superconductivity: The Musical!
We love how clearly he explains the complicated science, with clever lyrics and cute choreography. That Pramodh sings, plays guitar, and dances in his video is so impressive! And the very homemade title cards are incredibly charming.
Here’s the full description of Pramodh’s research from the video:
This video is based on research done at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, Department of Physics and Astronomy, under the supervision of Professor Rogerio de Sousa and in collaboration with D-Wave Systems Inc. For further information, see the following paper in Physical Review Applied!
UPDATE: Check out our interview with Pradmodh on how he and his friends created this epic production..